Calling a local doctor abroad
If you do feel ill, the best hotels can get you to a doctor. Some will even pay “house” calls. Four Seasons New York and Mandarin Oriental New York refer their guests to travel specialists. Forgot to pack a prescription drug (malaria pills, for instance)? Explain to the concierge at the Berkeley Hotel in London and he can refer the hotel’s physician for basic medications that will be delivered to your room from an apothecary around the corner on Knightsbridge Street. You can also contact the U.S. Consulate for assistance in obtaining local medical attention. The International Society of Travel Medicine maintains a directory of health-care professionals in nearly 50 countries.
T+L Recommends: Join the International Association for Medical Assistance to Travellers, which has a directory of English-speaking physicians, hospitals, and clinics for any member who requires care abroad. Consultation rates usually start at $100.